According to Adkins’ manager, “We regret to announce that due to a change in shooting schedule for a movie in which Trace is appearing, he will be unable to perform at the Elkhart County Fair this year.”
The great news is that country duo Montgomery Gentry will step onto the main stage that evening at 8 p.m. instead.
“While we’re disappointed to not have Trace Adkins able to join us as planned, we’re excited to be able to bring in a great act like Montgomery Gentry to take his place. This will be the first time Montgomery Gentry performs at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair and I am really excited to see them on our stage,” said Rich Utley, 2015 fair board president.
From “Hillbilly Shoes” to “Headlights,” Montgomery Gentry has become one of the most identifiable duos in the history of country music—as much for their outlaw-meets-gentleman sensibilities, their yin and yang personalities and their intensely energetic live performances as that balance of voices that gives their brand of country an edge or their version of Southern rock a softer place to fall. This chemistry has been reacting for over 15 years. After nearly a decade and a half, Montgomery Gentry continues to draw door-busting crowds into their concerts and release albums that stay true to the Kentucky country music movement they helped define.
That doesn’t mean that the duo has an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” attitude or has become complacent. That isn’t the case at all. Once again, the duo has been working with Michael Knox (Rebels On The Run), and they have collectively embraced the ever-changing environment of country music while remaining true to their signature sound. However, that’s what Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry have always done, and that practice has positioned them as trailblazers for contemporary country. A modest Troy scoffs at the notion, but says, “We’re going to continue to do the same music that we always have, and if that puts us in that leadership role, then so be it. I definitely want to be the one on the front end and not trying to copy something else that’s already been done.”
They won’t and they haven’t. Since breaking into the format in 1999, Montgomery Gentry has been a representative of the workingman, releasing blue-collar anthems for what Eddie calls, “the good, the bad, the ugly and the party on the weekend.” But the songs are about more than just factory workers who like to blow-off a little steam. They dig deeper. They’re about passion: for doing a good job, for working hard and playing harder, for being an honorable person, for loving your God, your country, your family and your life. Even on their newest album, FOLKS LIKE US, the song “That’s Just Living” embraces a life of passion:
Grandstand seating, as always, will be free with fair admission on a first-come, first-served basis.
For ticket holders for the Trace Adkins concert, if you want a seat for Montgomery Gentry, it’s yours. If you don’t want it, our ticket vendor, Etix, will provide refunds if you call them at 800-514-3849 before 11:59 p.m. July 28.
For those who want to purchase reserved track seats for the Montgomery Gentry concert, they will be available as soon as possible at http://4hfair.org/fe/2015-concert-series-2/
Tickets are also still available for Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, who are performing Saturday, July 25; Little River Band, who are performing Monday, July 27; and Cole Swindell with special guest Clark Manson, performing Tuesday, July 28.